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Star Anise

Our Whole Star Anise adds visual interest and the strong, sweet, licorice-like flavor of anise to recipes, and can also be used as a garnish.

  • Herbaceous licorice flavor

  • Star-shaped pods

  • Red to brown color

  • Approximately 3/4 to 1-1/2 inches wide

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    Price: $28.00
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    Suggested uses

  • Grind and use in marinades or rub into the skin of fatty meat such as duck or pork before roasting

  • Infuse into rich winter soups, such as pumpkin soup or beef stew

  • Grind and add to spice cakes

  • Infuse into teas and liqueurs

  • Use as garnish for baked goods

  • Basic prep

    Ready to use. Add to taste. Can be ground.

    Storage & handling

    Store in a cool, dry place.


    Dried Star Anise.

    Star Anise (Illicium vernum) is a spice that closely resembles the anise plant in flavor, but is actually the fruit of a small evergreen tree that is a member of the magnolia family. It is native to southwest China and northeast Vietnam. Star Anise contains anethol, the same compound that gives the unrelated anise plant its flavor.

    The spice is used widely in baking due to its warm, sweet flavor, and also plays a key role in long-braised eastern Chinese meat dishes. It especially compliments fatty meats such as duck and pork. In India, the spice is a main ingredient in masala chai and garam masala. It is also an integral seasoning in pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup.

    Star Anise has also been used medicinally for the relief of digestive disorders, joint pain and cold or flu symptoms. It has a long history of medicinal and culinary use in Asian countries before its introduction to Europe in the 17th century, where it was most popularly incorporated into flavored syrups, cordials and preservatives.

    Classic recipe

    Indian Chai Tea

    Chai tea, ubiquitous throughout India and a popular coffeehouse staple in the United States, is actually quite simple to prepare from scratch with a well-stocked spice rack. This sweet-and-spicy beverage combines black tea, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, black pepper, ginger and steaming milk, making it a wonderfully warming, aromatic cold-weather drink.